Friday, August 21, 2015

Riley Blake Designs Back-to-School Blog Tour

       Back-to-School is such an exciting time of year! 
My cute grand-daughters, Summer and Nahla, were so 
excited to have matching outfits.
 Summer is in first grade and takes school very seriously.
 Nahla begs and pleads that she is old enough 
to go to school...finally pre-school for her this year.        

As you can see Summer stands and waits to have her shoes buckled while Nahla says she can do it all by herself:)


The girls love getting ready for school and having a new outfit made by Coco(nickname for grandma) is always a special treat!


Using the Riley Blake Designs solids is one of my favorites...


mainly because they are timeless and 
the color combinations are endless...


I used the raspberry and the navy solid colors...


The raspberry neck tie was a 2 1/2" strip. 
I cut 3 strips and sewed them together end to end... 
cut this in half...it measured about 60" once it was cut. 
That was plenty for each cutie pie to have one.


I pressed the raw edges to the middle (including the long and 
small edges)... then pressed the strip in half again. 
Sew down the long edge. 
Press. Tie in a bow at the front.
Looking cute and stylish with a button-up crisp
white shirt gives them the prep -school look.


The pattern for the skirt is the Sacha Skirt and Jacket from Butterfly Kisses Pattern Company. 


 The skirts took about an hour each to make.
 The instructions are simple and easy to follow.
       

                                                                                                                                                                                                              


The pattern is available through 
Riley Blake Designs here or your local quilt shop.


Be sure to follow this Back-to-School Blog Tour! You will be inspired to pull out your sewing machine and fabric so you too can sew up one of the amazing ideas that are shared by each designer from the list below.



8/17 - Riley Blake Designs
8/20 - Quiltscapes
8/28 - Riley Blake Designs


Happy Sewing!

Jina

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Riley Blake Designs Back to School Blog Tour

Join me on August 21 for the Riley Blake Designs 
Back to School Blog Tour!





Until then...

Happy Sewing!
Jina

Monday, June 15, 2015

Riley Blake Designs Home Dec Blog Tour 2015

 




 One of my favorite things to do is... 
give new life to old junky furniture...

I LOVE fresh new paint and I LOVE new fabric!!!
Riley Blake Designs has some fabulous new 
Home Dec fabric that is 100% cotton duck.


 


Did you see all the fun colors and designs?
There are so many to choose from...it was so hard to pick...




But I chose Zoe Pearn's "Sweet Nothings" collection...




 This is what the chair looked like when I bought it...well, almost, I was a little anxious and started spray painting before I took a picture...the legs were a dark brown...
I'm really good with a spray paint can in my hand... 
I usually paint anything that gets in my way...ha ha
I chose a Robin's Egg Color from Design Master...
Colortool Spray.




You can see all the stains on the chair and ohhh.... 
can you see the back of the chair...
it has some sort of chenille fabric on the back...not cute:) 
(I found this chair at a local thrift store.)
I spray painted first, so I didn't have to worry about 
where I got the paint on the chair. 
I sprayed about 6 coats so the paint would be nice and thick. 



I measured the top section of the chair first
 and created a pillow case shape.




Then I secured the fabric to the chair using a staple gun... 
I LOVE power tools...



Next I measured the bottom of the chair, leaving plenty of extra fabric to wrap to the underside of the chair.
I folded the edges under about 1" then used the staple gun 
to secure in place. 





This chair is like a cat. It may end up having nine lives...I'll just keep covering it over and over...
there is nothing like a fresh coat of paint and new fabric!!!




The pillow top is a rectangle shaped piece of fabric with
 4 lengths of 3 different fabric prints 
torn into different widths...
 layered one strip on top of the other...
4" strips...3" strips...1" strips... 
Stitch 1/4" in from each edge of the 1" strips to secure to the top of the rectangle.
Finish using your favorite pillow method.




Embellish with a flower and a center jeweled charm.
For the flower I tore a 2" strip by 22". You will need 2 of them.
Sew the short edges together. 
Use a double threaded needle and with
 a running stitch 1/4" in from one raw edge, stitch all the way around the circle.
Pull stitches in tightly and secure with a knot in 
the back center of the gathered circle.
Make 2 gathered circles. Layer one circle on top of the other.
Sew or glue the circles together. 
Add the embellishment to the center.
Place in the center of the pillow top.




Think twice before throwing away that old chair...
 Give it a new life with some new paint and new fabric.

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Tomorrow you will want to check out "The Girl Inspired"
She is so talented!!!

Here is a list that you can follow along on the 
Riley Blake Designs Home Dec Blog Tour



                                                              6/17 - The Girl Inspired
6/24 - Tea Rose Home
7/3 - Heart Zipper
7/6 - Quiltscapes
                                                     7/14 - Riley Blake Designs - Giveaway
                                      *** 
Thank you for stopping by

Happy Sewing!

Jina xoxo

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Minnesota Spring Quilt Market 2015

Now that Quilt Market is behind me and I have had time to breathe and catch up I wanted to share some fun pictures from our Riley Blake Designs and Penny Rose Fabrics Booth...especially for those of you who aren't able to make it.


 Featured on the front of our booth is Summer Song2 by Zoe Pearn.
As you can see from the bright oranges, pinks, yellows and greens... this is a true Riley Blake icon fabric.

 


 This pillow is made from the butterfly block that is in the free quilt download for
Summer Song 2 called "Whisperings" click here to see.
 
 
 Novelty fabrics are a fun part of our designs that feature one of a kind prints.
These fabrics make fun dresses, quilts and projects.


  There was a section of our booth where we featured our artists fabrics and pattern collections.
 This is Simple Simon with their new line called "Four Corners."
This fabric collection has tribal, geometric prints with a hint of gold sparkle.

 

Samantha Walker showcased her "Rodeo Rider" with fun prints for both
 girls and boys in pinks and mints... blues, reds and browns.


Deena Rutter shows her "Happy Hauntings" with spooky, vintage icons for Halloween.

 

  "La Vie Boheme" by Amanda Herring for The Quilted Fish is filled with
 luscious reds, navy and teal colors...add in a hint of gold sparkle to some of the prints.


Carina Gardner shows her fabric line "Wiltshire Daisy" and Emily Taylor shows "Floribella." 
Both beautiful floral collections.

  

  Sue Daley exhibits her collection for Penny Rose Fabrics called "Forget me Not."


As you can see from Sue Daley's expertise in her English Paper Piecing
projects and quilts...she can work with the brights and the reproduction fabrics...
her work takes your breath away.

 

Riley Blake Designs has the most wonderful knit fabric.
 As you can see from the selection we have many fun colors and prints to choose from.
They are so easy to sew with and wash up beautifully!!!


 Play Ball was featured on the side of the booth.
It is designed by Lori Whitlock... a fun boy... sports fabric line.


Here you can see the booth from a distance with several fabric collections showcased.
 

Below is a dress from my pattern company called Butterfly Kisses.
The pattern is called "Billies Best Dress."
Moana made this dress from Santa Express.
It reminds me of something from "Frozen."
 Every little girl needs a blue Frozen dress.

    

One of the favorite features in our booth were these hang people by Anne Jacobson of Light Heart Art.
 Her detail in these cute people is extraordinary.
Each of the people on our team was highlighted here as a Halloween character.
They each had a little Riley Blake name tag.
   
    
The "Fly Away Dress" that we took to Quilt Con was featured again here in our booth.
The quilt behind is a butterfly quilt designed by Melissa Corry.
  

Sashing Stash was a new concept we launched designed by Eleanor Dugan.
 It is a set of designs with perfect measurements which can be cut apart and put together to create fabulous blocks and borders in geometric layouts to create complicated patterns.
 Check out their website.


I am in love with shades and solids from Riley Blake Designs...
 

Merry Matryoshka  designed by Carly Griffith is an absolutely delightful... happy Christmas Collection.
 

 
Postcards to Santa also includes some prints with gold sparkle...designed by My Minds' Eye...
Also featured is a new pattern from Butterfly Kisses called Sacha Skirt and Jacket. 


This fun, whimsical fabric line is called "Flutterberry" and is designed by Melly and Me.
The cute lady bugs you see on the shelf are the panel that goes with this line.


   The dress below is the "Mod Maxi" with the jacket from the Sacha Skirt and Jacket from Butterfly Kisses.


They're irresistible...a closer look at these cute lady bugs.

   
 These strawberries are taken from on line here .
  We used sizzix to cut the flowers and placed them as the leaves on top of the strawberries....


"Saltwater" by Natalie Lymer of Cinderberry Stitches...
 includes cute seaside creatures and mermaids...such darling girl prints.


Who doesn't love great boy prints...Kelly Pannaci is the designer of this line called "Little Flyers."


Home Dec is a fun new medium of fabric we have been doing for about a year.
 The prints and colors are amazing. I love sewing with these wonderful textured fabrics.

       

Patty Young has some new Home Dec prints that come in 10 different colors.
They are so yummy! Patty has fabulous patterns available called Mod Kid.


 Extravaganza by Lila Tueller is bright and colorful and fabulous for clothing and quilts.
  

 Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet features her new line called "Modern Minis."

    
We also showcased Lori Holt's Farm Girl Vintage Quilt so everyone could take their pictures by it.
The quilt was a show stopper!

 

This is a new pattern for Butterfly Kisses called "Super Star Quilt"
It will be available in early fall. It uses solids from Riley Blake Designs.


 Gold Sparkle brings bling and class to any project... we love it!!!

 
Here is sparkle cotton in red, white and blue.
It has a slight shimmer to it and is fun to use in quilts and of course
Frozen Dresses like the one below by Olive Ann Designs.
 

Tasha Horsley always brings a magical touch to her designs with hand drawn stories 
and bright vintage colors.
This line is called "Vintage Market."


The next few pictures are from the Penny Rose Fabrics booth which is a sister company 
to Riley Blake Designs... produces reproduction and historical prints.


  
 

Thanks for stopping by to have a quick look at Quilt Market in Minnesota.
I hope you are inspired to start a new project or finish an old one.

Happy Sewing!

Jina xoxo